I was reading an article today about how some children recover from autism. The article detailed the struggle in the journeys that the families go through in order to try to help their children reach their full capacities. On the surface, it seems as if some families are “successful” because autism in their child is cured, and other families are not successful because their child’s autism persists (and the article also gives the standpoint that some autism advocates do not consider autism a condition needing to be cured – read the article and see what you think), even though often the same exact therapies were used. Why do the therapies seem to work for some children but not the other children? That is a major question experts are asking.
But what brought a tear to my eye in this article was reading these stories and thinking oh, these triumphant families! These families who worked so hard on this journey of parenting their children with differing abilities, and who were doing everything they could possible to help their child develop functional capacities.
And I thought about all the parents who struggle every day – whether it is with a sick child or a child with a chronic condition and how they balance all of that with all of that other family members need; parents who are ill or who have a disability themselves and still give parenting everything they have; parents who might be struggling with normal developmental milestones; parents who are struggling with educational choices and options – the list goes on.
And what I see are beautiful parents who triumph in life and in parenting. Life will always throw curve balls. Life has things no one imagined in store for them when they started out in a relationship, in marriage or in parenting. Yet, we learn to love ourselves, lean on others, and make it through. I call that triumph.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the start of school or close to the start of school for many of us. Here is wishing all families a beautiful year of goodness, beauty and truth. Here is to having a triumphant year!